Advisor(s)

Amanda Vance, PharmD
Lima Memorial Health System
Clinical Pharmacist

Document Type

Poster

Start Date

23-4-2021 9:00 AM

Description

Introduction: Many pharmacists are not fully aware of QTc prolongation risk factors or how to intervene in a patient’s treatment when QTc prolongation occurs. At Lima Memorial Hospital, there is no algorithm or guidance for pharmacists interventions related to QTc prolongation. Pharmacists should be well educated and confident in this area because they can be very impactful by making an appropriate intervention.

Objectives/purpose: The objectives of this project are to evaluate inpatient pharmacists comfort levels in assessing QTc prolongation before and after QTc prolongation education session. Also, our purpose is to evaluate the number of interventions that have been made by inpatient pharmacists in hospitalized patients utilizing clinical surveillance software at Lima Memorial Hospital.

Methods: Inpatient pharmacists at Lima Memorial Hospital will be educated through a presentation and then asked to complete a pre-educational and post-educational survey to assess the potential improvement in comfort level. Additionally, there will be a data collection of QTc prolongation patients’ parameters from Lima Memorial Hospital’s clinical surveillance software. Number of interventions by the inpatient pharmacists in these patients will also be documented and collected for the project from the software. Together, all the data collected will be used to create an QTc prolongation algorithm for inpatient pharmacists that will be integrated into the clinical surveillance software at Lima Memorial Hospital.

Results/Discussion: The study is in progress; it is predicted that after the education session the pharmacists’ comfort and number of interventions will increase. Data will be available in April 2021, with an estimated project completion of Summer 2021.

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Apr 23rd, 9:00 AM

Pharmacist Comfort Level Assessing and Intervening in QTc Prolongation

Introduction: Many pharmacists are not fully aware of QTc prolongation risk factors or how to intervene in a patient’s treatment when QTc prolongation occurs. At Lima Memorial Hospital, there is no algorithm or guidance for pharmacists interventions related to QTc prolongation. Pharmacists should be well educated and confident in this area because they can be very impactful by making an appropriate intervention.

Objectives/purpose: The objectives of this project are to evaluate inpatient pharmacists comfort levels in assessing QTc prolongation before and after QTc prolongation education session. Also, our purpose is to evaluate the number of interventions that have been made by inpatient pharmacists in hospitalized patients utilizing clinical surveillance software at Lima Memorial Hospital.

Methods: Inpatient pharmacists at Lima Memorial Hospital will be educated through a presentation and then asked to complete a pre-educational and post-educational survey to assess the potential improvement in comfort level. Additionally, there will be a data collection of QTc prolongation patients’ parameters from Lima Memorial Hospital’s clinical surveillance software. Number of interventions by the inpatient pharmacists in these patients will also be documented and collected for the project from the software. Together, all the data collected will be used to create an QTc prolongation algorithm for inpatient pharmacists that will be integrated into the clinical surveillance software at Lima Memorial Hospital.

Results/Discussion: The study is in progress; it is predicted that after the education session the pharmacists’ comfort and number of interventions will increase. Data will be available in April 2021, with an estimated project completion of Summer 2021.